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AICPA Seeks to Preserve Use of Cash Method Accounting

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) wants Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch to prevent restricting the use of cash method accounting. In a July 17 letter to Hatch on Congress’ current tax reform efforts, the AICPA said cash method accounting provides a simpler application choice than the accrual method. In addition, the AICPA argued that the cash method creates fewer compliance expenses, and taxpayers aren’t required to pay tax prior to receiving related income. Companies that apply cash accounting disclose revenue and costs when they are received and paid. Small companies with yearly gross receipts of under. Read More.

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AICPA Advises Nonprofits on Financial Reporting Model Changes

In the first of a two-part blog series on its website, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) discusses the upcoming changes to the nonprofit financial reporting model. The changes are part of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-14, Not-for-Profit Entities (Topic 958): Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, which affects certain line items on nonprofits’ financial statements. The blog series’ first installment features suggestions on an organization’s chart of account modifications in five areas: liquidity, net assets, investment return, statement of cash flows and expense reporting. To read part one of the blog series, visit AICPA.org.

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AICPA Committee Proposes Interpretation for Long Association

As part of its convergence project with the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Professional Ethics Executive Committee has released the exposure draft, Proposed Interpretation –Long Association of Senior Personnel With an Attest Client). The proposal concerns independence threats when an attest client has a long association with senior personnel. The Committee’s proposed Interpretation would state that an AICPA member’s lengthy inclusion among the attest engagement team’s senior personnel could cause a familiarity threat with the attest client. The familiarity threat could also extend to the team’s operations, senior management of the. Read More.

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Gift Acceptance Policy Tips for Nonprofits

In a recent blog on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) website, Foundation of the Carolinas Vice President Alyssa Federico shares her insights on developing a gift acceptance policy for a nonprofit organization. According to Federico, a well-developed policy can protect a nonprofit from potential risks and educate staff members on when to decline gifts. Some of the guidance Federico outlines concerns handling non-cash gifts, the process for deciding whether or not to accept a gift, and determining what is required prior to acceptance. Federico’s blog can be read in its entirety on the AICPA website.

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FASB Rejects Pleas for More Implementation Guidance on Credit Loss Standard

As concerns mount regarding implementation of Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Private Companies Practice Section Technical Issues Committee (“the Committee”) wants the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) to provide more guidance on the standard. FASB members, however, have no plans to offer additional implementation guidance. Addressing the matter this week with Committee representatives, FASB members said that the board’s credit loss standard for writing down losses on bad loans contains sufficient accounting guidance and examples. FASB Vice Chairman. Read More.

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Industry-Specific Revenue Standard Implementation Guidance Proposed

On July 3, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Financial Reporting Executive Committee released four working drafts on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s revenue recognition standard. The working drafts are tailored to the following four industries: Airlines. Working Draft: Airlines Revenue Recognition Implementation Issue #2-1: Regional Contracts addresses capacity purchase agreements established by major airlines with regional carriers to reach smaller markets. The working draft applies the guidance in Topic 840, Leases, to the aspects of a capacity purchase agreement that are not deemed leases. In addition, the working draft instructs air carriers how Topic 606, Revenue From Contracts With Customers, is to be employed to review the various. Read More.

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